I put my iPod on shuffle and just paused it and the song prompt is a ghazal by Jagjit Singh. I would like to share why I love ghazals.
I like Ghazals because they are refined and structured poetically in a rhythmic and concise way and has a lot of meaning behind it.
- Almost every shers (of Ghazal) comprises of figurative language full of —
- sarcasm (on general public, social system)
- puns and irony (which I like the most)
- oxymorons (mixed with irony)
- metaphors and simile (usually used for describing beauty— after 80’s bollywood songs — low class similes and metaphors are the most clichéd thing present in Hindi songs).
- personification and understatement
All these things not only describe, but also materialize the pain, suffering, emotional trauma, hypocrisy and irony of the world and situation, feeling of falling in love etc elegantly. Moreover, the raga, pauses and instrumental tones add to its beauty. It’s really hard to write and sing a good ghazal. That’s a reason why we are having a very limited number of legends in this realm. In a way, Ghazals are ultimate intoxicants.
Ghazals have this outstanding way of using the correct word at the right place to communicate the thought. However hard we may try we can never communicate our thoughts perfectly but ghazals are a medium which as a resultant come closest to share what we think. It feels good to see that someone has been able to relate to your feelings and a person who is seeking peace of mind feels more relaxed when he sees he is not alone fighting emotional issues.
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